Lives of the fellows

David D Davis

b.1777 d.6 December 1841
MD Glasg(1801) LRCP(1813)

David D. Davis, M.D., was born in Wales. He matriculated at the college of Glasgow in 1797, and graduated doctor of medicine there in 1801. He commenced the practice of his profession at Sheffield, and in 1803 was elected physician to the infirmary of that town, which office he retained until 1813, when he removed to London and devoted himself to midwifery. He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1813, and in the following January, mainly on the recommendation of Dr. Denman and Dr. John Clarke, was appointed physician to Queen Charlotte’s Lying-in hospital.

About this period he began to lecture on midwifery and the diseases of women and children, and could soon boast of one of the largest private midwifery classes in the metropolis. He was selected to attend the late duchess of Kent, at the birth of her Majesty the Queen; and in the arrangements for opening the London university, now University college, Dr. Davis was nominated to the chair of midwifery, to which on the establishment of University College hospital was added that of obstetric physician to the new institution. He retained both these offices until a few weeks before his death, which occurred at his house in Russell-place, Fitzroy-square, on the 6th December, 1841, in the sixty-fourth year of his age. His portrait, by John Jackson, R.A., painted in 1825, is in the possession of his family.

We owe to his pen.
A Treatise on Insanity, by P. Pinel, M.D., translated from the French by D. D. Davis, M.D. 8vo. Sheffield, 1806.
Elements of Operative Midwifery, comprising a description of certain new and improved powers for assisting difficult and dangerous Labours. 4to. Lond. 1825.
The Principles and Practice of Obstetric Medicine; in a Series of Systematic Dissertations on Midwifery, and on the Diseases of Women and Children. 2 vols. 4to. Lond. 1836.
Acute Hydrocephalus or Water in the Head, an inflammatory disease, and curable equally and by the same means with other diseases of Inflammation. 8vo. Lond. 1840.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 117)

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